Hi folks, As mentioned in my introduction I'm looking for some advice on paints, particularly those suitable for metal (mild steel). The end application is for a lamp, so even though it won't be handled often I would like to know it will hold up to small knocks or for cleaning and won't flake over time. Prior to getting the airbrush I had tested out various brush-on paints such as Hammerite and Rustins water-based enamel, but I wanted to achieve a better finish so thought I'd try an airbrush. I'm comfortable with the hardware and really enjoy using it, but I'm looking for some guidance on the paints that are available. I understand the basic concept of primers/base coats/clear coats but lost when it comes to solvent/water/enamel/acrylic etc. I have done a few small tests with Zero paints etch primer and base coat and am very pleased with the finish. However, as I'm getting on in the years and have become more aware of age-related health concerns, I would ideally like to find if there are water based alternatives that could achieve a similar finish. I'm not quite sure how to get around the etch primer required for adhesion though. Is there anything available that is safer to work with?